Detroit is the ultimate case study for the RITMO project. It has the potential to improve mobility for some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country. Detroit has
- very low ownership rates: Car ownership is one of the best predictors of social mobility and 26% of the households in Detroit do not have a car compared to 9% nationally;
- an under-developed regional public transit system;
- a widespread geographical area with as many commuters coming to the city than leaving to suburban areas: Only a third of Detroit residents work inside the city;
- a significant unemployment rate (about 75,000 residents are looking for work), with the lack of transportation seen a major obstacle for employment.